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Address: 1310 Maple St, Golden, CO 80401-1800
Phone Number: +1 303-273-3823
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One of the greatest mineral collections anywhere. Could be better with more soft-rock geology and fossils

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the greatest mineral collections anywhere. Could be better with more soft-rock geology and fossils

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Golden, Colorado, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the BEST mineral museum between NY and L.A., altho the Houston Museum has more cut gemstones. You will be totally whacked by the displays of fabulous natural crystals from all over the world, including Colorado. Great for students and other kids, too. Hint: Bring an extra pair of socks, because yours are sure to be blown off !

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Love to visit this museum with its incredible mineral exhibits. The lower level of the museum has something for the kids, and parents to enjoy. The exhibits are changes regularly and there is always something new to see. Mother Nature is displayed at her best here.

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Thank rosie20162016
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Really impressive collection of locally collected gems, minerals, fossils and meteorites - if you're interested in geology, you shouldn't miss this wonderful free museum.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

My upper-elementary kiddos enjoyed the scavenger hunt the museum provides (free rock at the end.) And the adults enjoyed the variety of cool rocks, equipment and displays. There's even a piece of the moon there too.

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Lots of interesting items with such informative explanations as well as great tour guides from the School of Mines

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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

We spent two hours looking at tha displays. Would have stayed longer but since you must pay to park our time was limited. The 'moon rock' was really fun to see and read about.

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

The museum is in one of the buildings on the campus of the college. It's FREE! It is a wonderful collection of rocks and minerals, well labeled and interestingly displayed. The museum covers two levels and there is even a gift shop.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

I visit this museum every time I'm in the region, it's a great museum with two floors of exhibits and some of the best minerals from the Colorado region. They have several spectacular rhodochrostie specimens. Also noteworthy are several Moon rocks from the Apollo missions. They also have a nice gift shop.

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Golden, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

One of the best we've seen, of many around the world. Beautiful specimens, clear and attractive displays. The pair of four-foot-high amethyst geode pillars will take your breath away! Excellent informative video of the local geology history, viewed as you look out at the mountains and valleys it is describing. Rocks, gems, crystals donated by Mines alumni, from all over... More 

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